Why Neuroplasticity is Also a Wholeness Concept
One of the greatest breakthroughs in modern science is neuroplasticity – our brain’s ability to change its structure and function in response to an external or internal stimulus.
Neuroplasticity revolutionized the concept of healing, aging, and well-being in general.
This brings me to a fundamental question. What is the human brain? Is it merely the physical structure located inside our cranium? Or is it perhaps much more than that?
If you recall the basic elements of wholeness from the last blog post, then it is highly probable that our physical being constantly processes information from its internal elements, as well as the elements in the surrounding environment.
I see this exchange of information as a dance, a constant movement and flow.
Hence, when I look at the human brain from the wholeness perspective, I imagine it as a constantly flowing exchange of information and energy within our body, and between our body and our environment.
This is one of the reasons why neuroplasticity offers an unparalleled opportunity to not only help people heal from illness, but also change their emotional states, address stress and anxiety, improve their relationships, and help reach their creative potential and personal mastery.
Dr. Norman Doidge, in his book “The Brain’s Way of Healing,” proposes that our brain’s “language” includes formation of patterns of electrical energy in response to its communication with the rest of our body and our environment. In other words, neuroplasticity affects our entire being!
To me this indicates that our brain is perfectly aligned with the concept of wholeness. And that’s why I also believe that wholeness is achievable regardless of our age. So if you are one of those people who tends to think: it’s too late for me … my habits are too deeply ingrained … I am stuck ... I don’t even know where to begin, etc., remember this:
It’s never too late because your brain (and your entire nervous system, your body) is changing even as you read these lines. And once you humbly recognize that you are made of the same stuff as the world around you, that’s a pretty incredible step forward!
Imagine that your breath can flow into your brain right now and that your brain can exhale. Stay with this imagery for a few breaths. Also, imagine that your brain can release tension. Trust that your brain “hears” and “understands” you. After all, you are a community of approximately 50 to 70 trillion cells. To me this sounds like you too are a mini galaxy in the infinite space of the universe! Are you ready for a re-union?
In the next week’s blog post, I will start reviewing the elements of our wholeness. Stay tuned…
Click here to read last week's blog post Why We Need to Begin With Wholeness.